Photo of students learning in the Conservatory

Grades Pre K-1

Select from one of our engaging class trips, below, and register online.

Questions? Contact us at childed@nybg.org or call 718.817.8181.

The Louise and Henry Loeb School for Children’s Gardening at The Edible Academy

Students become gardeners as they engage in activities for growing healthful food outdoors. From sowing seeds to watering and harvesting, students build interdisciplinary connections among seasons and growing plants while experiencing the excitement of hands-on gardening!

GRADES PRE-K–1

Fall: October 2–November 1 (How Does Your Garden Grow?)
October 2–December 13 (Edible Explorers)
Winter: January 14–March 20
Spring: March 31–June 12
Summer: July 8–August 14 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Fall, Spring, & Summer | How Does Your Garden Grow?
Explore soil, plant, and water the garden to discover ways plants grow and change seasonally. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

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Fall | Edible Explorers
Harvest, measure, chop, and mix garden produce into a delicious autumn recipe, and dig deeper into the culinary arts.

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Winter | How Does Your Garden Grow?
Explore the garden in winter. Discover ways plants grow and change during cold months in a greenhouse. Pot up indoor plants to grow at home.

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Winter | Cooking with Winter Crops—NEW!
Use produce and herbs from the Edible Academy to follow a recipe. Discover the ways that different foods are preserved for the winter season.

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Spring | Around the World
Use the five senses to explore flavors and seeds from around the world through taste tests and recipes. Investigate the spring garden through planting and harvesting.

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The Edible Academy is open year-round! Students visit four times across the school year to dig deeper into the topics below. Each visit builds on the previous, and teachers return to school with lesson ideas that support student learning between sessions.

Cost: $660 (4 Visits)
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Register by September 27 by calling our Registration Office at 718.817.8181.

Session 1: October 2–November 8
Session 2: November 12–December 20
Session 3: February 25–April 8
Session 4: April 21–June 12

Garden Cycles | PreK–K
Discover the parts of a plant through taste tests, explore water, and construct understandings of seasons through plant observation.

Seeds to Fruit | Grade 1
Deepen understandings of plant parts and the role they play in the vegetables we grow and the food we eat. Explore and investigate plant needs.

At the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

Students become nature explorers as they investigate how plant and animal life they find within a dynamic environment responds to the seasons. Through observation, thematic explorations, and a chance to wonder and construct ideas with their peers, students experience the natural world first-hand.

Fall: October 2–November 22
Holiday: December 3–January 17
Winter: January 28–March 20
Spring: March 24–June 12
Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Winter Times: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

GRADES PRE-K–1

Plant Parade
Fall and Spring
Observe and compare a variety of whole plants and discover their parts using all five senses. Pot up seeds to grow at home.

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Pumpkin Life Cycle
Until November 1
Investigate gourds and giant pumpkins to learn about pumpkin diversity and the life cycle. Conduct seed germination experiments to grow at home.

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Evergreen Express
Holiday
Hike the winter landscape and observe evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about how they survive. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.

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Celebrate Science!
Black History and Women’s History Months at NYBG

Winter
Discover amazing African-American and women plant champions working in science today! Develop your own science identity by conducting botany investigations and potting up plants to grow at home.

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GRADE 1

Fruit and Seeds
Fall
Observe a variety of fruit and seeds to construct understandings about types of dispersal methods. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.

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Pollination
Spring
Observe varieties of flowers and their pollinators to develop understandings about the role of pollination in the plant life cycle. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.

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At the GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Students become world explorers as they engage in plant investigations inside glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts and synthesize their findings with peers in a classroom. By observing and collecting information within diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow successfully.

Fall: October 2–November 22
Winter: December 3–March 20
Spring: March 24–June 14
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

GRADES K–1

Plant Parts We Eat
Fall & Spring
Compare, dissect, and taste plant parts to develop understandings about their roles in helping plants survive and grow. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

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Life in the Rain Forest
Experience the layers and compare the climatic and vegetative elements between two rain forests. Consider diversity and adaptations and discover plants used for food and medicine. Pot up rain forest plants to grow at home.

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KUSAMA at NYBG: Observe and Create
Begins May 5
View Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant sculptural installations throughout the Garden and consider how plants and flowers inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.

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In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

During the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Tours students become plant hunters as they engage in plant investigations inside the glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts. By observing and collecting information about diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow and experience the excitement of plant hunting.

Indoor Guided
Cost: $130 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: October 2–November 22
Winter: December 3–March 20
Spring: March 24–June 12

Indoor Self-Guided
Due to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s palm dome restoration, only guided programs are available.

Interactive Guided Conservatory Tours
Experience and compare the climatic and vegetative conditions among rain forests, deserts, and a bog. Construct ideas with peers using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade Pre-K & K: Trees & Seasons
  • Grade 1: Weather and Seasons

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)

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KUSAMA at NYBG
Begins May 5
View Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant sculptural installations throughout the Garden and consider how plants and flowers inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.

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GreenSchool Guided and Self-Guided Nature Walks

Students become naturalists as they investigate special collections throughout the Garden’s 250 acres. From the Thain Family Forest and Native Plant Garden to the Poetry for Every Season Poetry Walks, students observe and collect information to construct ideas about ecology with their peers, and build multi-curricular connections to the plant world.

Outdoor Guided

Cost: $110 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: October 2–November 16
Spring: March 24–June 12

Outdoor Self-Guided (Online Registration Only)

Cost: $45 (Free for New York City schools) | Times: All Day
Fall: September 26–November 16
Winter: November 26–March 13
Spring: March 17–June 12

Outdoor Guided Tours

GRADES PRE-K–1

Sensory Walk
Fall & Spring
Engage all senses to deepen plant awareness through observation. Build understandings about how plants grow and survive.

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50-Acre Thain Family Forest Walks
Fall & Spring
Experience a native forest and construct ideas with peers about forests using grade-aligned themes*:

  • Grade Pre-K & K: Trees & Seasons
  • Grade 1: Weather & Seasons

*(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)

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Outdoor Self-Guided Walks on Garden Grounds

All Seasons
Download thematic Teacher Guides and Student Field Journals before arrival and experience and enjoy 250 acres of seasonal collections.

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Students experience the magical landscapes and model trains of the Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory or in combination with an enjoyable winter botanical workshop at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden or GreenSchool.

Holiday Train Show®
Location: Conservatory Plaza
Cost: $140 per class
Times: All Day
During this self-guided visit, experience the model trains and trolleys as they move through magical landscapes of historic New York State buildings made primarily from botanical materials.

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Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Hike the winter landscape and observe evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about how they survive. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.

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Holiday Combination: Holiday Train Show® and Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and Conservatory Plaza
Cost: $205 per class
Experience both the Holiday Train Show® and the complementary Evergreen Express workshop in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Register for this Holiday Combination over the phone by calling 718.817.8181.

Gingerbread Lounge Lunch Area
Location: Gingerbread Tent
Cost: Free for all Schools (Advance Registration Required)
Dates: December 3– January 17
Times: 10:45–11:15 a.m., 11:30–12 p.m., and 12:15–12:45 p.m.
Experience the holiday season in a festive environment while enjoying lunch indoors in the heated Gingerbread Lounge eating facility. Limited space available: maximum five classes per time session. Last entry is at 12:15 p.m..

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